A research and learning agenda for special collections and archives

As we previously shared with you, we have been hard at work developing a research and learning agenda for special collections and archives. Here’s what has happened since Chela’s last post in May…

Chela continued conversations with the advisory group and also with many others in the field. The goal has been to develop a practitioner-based view of challenges and opportunities — and to include many voices in that process.

Workshop in Iowa City

We held a workshop at the RBMS Conference in June with an invited group of special collections and other library leaders to help refine an early draft of our agenda. That group was very generous with their time and helped improve the agenda considerably. Thanks to the Iowa City Public Library for being generous hosts!

Following the useful input and critique we gathered in Iowa City, we revised the document and released it for broader comment. We also held a larger workshop focusing on the current draft at focused on the current draft in July at Archives 2017, the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists.

Workshop at Archives 2017

In developing this agenda, which we see as not only important for OCLC Research but for other organizations and stakeholders, we taking a transparent, iterative approach. We are seeking substantial input from the OCLC Research Library Partnership, as well as the broader archives and special collections community.

We are inviting you today to play a role in the next steps of shaping the agenda, and asking for your feedback on the current draft of the agenda by August 28th. We are happy to hear thoughts on any element of the draft agenda, but in particular, are interested in hearing comments on the following questions:

  1. Proposed Research Activities: do you have ideas for activities in areas that are left blank in the current draft? Are there other research activities or questions you would like to see addressed within each of the outlined topical areas of investigation?
  2. Relevant Existing Work in the Community: Is there current or early-stage work going on that addresses any of the topical areas of investigation and that we should be aware of?
  3. Priorities for OCLC: OCLC Research will be able to address only a small portion of the issues and activities outlined in the agenda, and wants to put its resources and expertise to best use. Which of the topical areas of investigation and proposed research activities would you most like to see OCLC take on, and where do you think they can make most impact?

Please find the draft agenda either as a Google Doc or as a PDF. You are welcome to add comments in the Google Doc itself, or submit comments via email to RLPStrategy@oclc.org. We welcome feedback and comments through August 28th.